Computer Upgrades Part 1

Computer Upgrades Part 1

Life After the Honeymoon This is the first of my entries into what it has been like living and working with the computer I built back in January 2014. For the most part everything has been working normally and without any major trouble. The initial round of discoveries through ownership I made related to how the pairing of Intel Core i7-3770K – Ivy Bridge CPU with the z68 chipset. While both are 1155 socket products they do have their hardware preferences. To that end the 3770K can only reach a clock multiplier of 39 on a z68 chipset, meaning that it cannot clock over 3.9 GHz. This in itself defeats the reason for owning an unlocked and overclockable CPU. At any rate I wasn’t too bothered about this since the CPU was still a solid performer. Superior Firewire I began to noticed that kernel_task in OS X was using a unusually high amount of CPU cycles at idle, 10% of one of eigth threads. Since Firewire busses are dependent on the CPU for processing this usage is reflected through kernel_task. I double checked of the same card with my 2010 Macbook Pro and saw that it was running at 5% on a slower four thread dual core system. In both tests I checked by having my Focusrite audio interface on or off. After further research I pinned it to the integrated Firewire controller on the motherboard and its behaviour in OS X’s Console logs. It was displaying an invalid GUID which would continue flagging during system uptime. This does have the knock on effect of affecting stability and increases...
New Audio Workstation Build

New Audio Workstation Build

Introduction This is a moment that I have been waiting for quite a while and finally having access to the kind of computing power that my work has grown accustomed to over the last several years. The last six months have been a stretch by having to work within the confines of just a laptop. It has been a humbling experience and has reinforced my love and need of the desktop. My corner of the computing world revolves around professional recording and mixing, design work, and WordPress. These are three areas that OS X excels at as well as being compatible with my software. The last cycle of Macintosh desktops have left me wanting more in terms of value for money and overall specification. Hence my choice to keep moving with the world of OSx86 builds. I do think the new Mac Pro’s are promising little machines that finally offer the new generation of components while being to upgrade and service them at yourself. In the long run I would like to get my hands on one that I can lovingly use and maintain for the next couple of years. The Build I love it when a job starts with a giant pile of boxes! In this case it turned out to be an early birthday present to myself. Specifications: Intel i7 3770K Gigabyte GA Z68X UD7-B3 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600 RAM EVGA GTX 760 ACX Graphics Card Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply Corsair H60 CPU Hydro Cooler Antec Tru-Quiet 120mm Fans Antec 302 ATX Case Logitech G500s Laser Mouse Razer Sphex Mouse Pad Apple Keyboard...